PCB designing and software

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by yatindeshpande77, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. yatindeshpande77

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    Dec 20, 2015
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    Hi, I am new in pcb design, i was in uC programming before this!
    I am going to ask a quetion which is asked many times before this in one way or other!
    But as they were old thread i thought to make a new one.

    Which is best pcb layout design (and even simulate if possible) software which is free !!! I need to design few PCB with two layer at max, also thinking of using toner transfer method which will be most suitable for this as a student level or beginer level!
    I am not intended to use any smd component but yes will need to use few controller that's what my maximum complexity level!
    I am using proteus as I needed that in simulation in my times of controller coding! But it dont have all footprints and i heared that it don't follow all expert rules???
    So any suggestions?
     
  2. nerdegutta

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    Dec 15, 2009
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    Hi. As you say, there are numerous threads about the topic, and therefore a great number of opinions.
    You have; EagleCAD, KiCAD, DipTrace, ExpressPCB, and a lot more. I think that ExpressPCB is the easiest to learn, then DipTrace, KiCAD and EagleCAD.

    I used KiCAD for a while, then I switched to EagleCAD.

    It all boils down to how much effort you put into understanding, learning and if you are going to make more boards in the future.
     
  3. yatindeshpande77

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    1. Is Proteus inbuilt ARIS is ok or do I need to switch?
    2. Xpress pcb is not simulating one (its like paint), does eagle supports simulation!
    3. I observed that many experts use eagle!!! But is only free for 30 days!?!
    4. I am ready to learn but need long lasting solution that's all!
     
  4. nerdegutta

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    1. I think so...
    2. In the latest version of eagle, I think there is some sort of interaction with LTSpice. I have not tried it.
    3. As far as I know, eagle is free for as long as you want, but there are some limitations.
    4. IMHO: EagleCAD, KiCAD or Diptrace is you best shot.
     
  5. yatindeshpande77

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    Thanks a lot for your suggestions!
     
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